The proposed time capsule for the Hempstead County Bicentennial celebration is now in process of becoming a reality as carefully cut and fabricated 304 L stainless steel was delivered to the TI staff and students at the University of Arkansas at Hope's campus for welding, integrity testing and subsequent memorabilia fulling and argon gas sealing.

The proposed time capsule for the Hempstead County Bicentennial celebration is now in process of becoming a reality as carefully cut and fabricated 304 L stainless steel was delivered to the TI staff and students at the University of Arkansas at Hope’s campus for welding, integrity testing and subsequent memorabilia fulling and argon gas sealing.
A team of three Industrial students, Brock Turner, Marcus Williamson, and Jacob Gunn, along with HVAC instructor Leo Ratliff, will be tasked with assembly of the structure, which is set to be implanted at the new Hempstead Courthouse, and presumedly, be cracked open 50 years from now for future generations to read and ponder.
Hempstead Bicentennial Chair Richard Read calls it “an opportunity of a life time,” and he is especially excited about the capsule’s provision for a "Letters to the Future" and involving the county’s young students. Read envisions that in 50 years today’s current youth can revisit where and who they were in 2018.
Read adds that “Letter to the Future” will be available to several categories of those interested in being part of the program, including businesses, adult individuals, school children, churches, clubs and organizations.
Overseeing the actual construction team at the university of this unique project for the Hempstead County Bicentennial committee, Jennifer Teresa, dean of the Dean of Business, Trade, & Industry Division, said Thursday, “UA Hope is honored to play a part in the celebration of Hempstead County’s bicentennial.  Making the bicentennial time capsule is a great opportunity for the college to partner with the Bicentennial Committee and provide our students with hands-on experience and a service learning opportunity.”
The university team will assemble the capsule to a provided design in the coming weeks, according to Read.
“The HVAC instructors will then test the capsule integrity for leaks and prepare for loading the capsule with historical items,” he said, “Then, the capsule will be cycled through a series of gas exchanges, resulting in the capsule having an internal environment of 100 percent Argon gas as a preservative. Same as used by national Archives, museums, etc, worldwide.”
Read also noted that the entire project from idea to design features Hempstead County ideas, design, fabrication filling and placement.
As for additional content, the time capsule will contain 12 identical boxes for each township in the county to provide its choice of historical materials as they so choose with the remainder of the capsule will be filled with countywide materials, according to Cherry Stewart, a Bicentennial committee member and the current Justice of the Peace in District 2 on the Hempstead County Quorum Court.